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How to Plan Weddings at Big Sur

There are few places on the west coast as stunning as photographing weddings at Big Sur. Known for state parks and natural scenery, countless couples have planned weddings at Big Sur and it is becoming one of the more popular locations to exchange vows and take wedding photos. Here is the only guide you will need for all the weddings at Big Sur. 

Best Times of the Year for Weddings at Big Sur

There are many ideal times of year to have weddings at Big Sur. Perhaps the most prominent is Fall for its warm weather and clear skies. However, anytime between March and November is suitable while the winter months may be a bit too cold. Rain does tend to occur in early Spring so plan accordingly. 

Consider Your Style

When selecting a location for your wedding, be sure to be conscious of your personal style. Weddings should reflect the personality of the couple. Thus, choosing between an elegant or rustic setting – many of which can be found among popular Big Sur wedding venues (scroll down) – will make a difference in the aesthetic and guest experience. 

Choose Colors that Coordinate

Big Sur is known for its natural landmarks including deep forests, hills, famous California redwoods, and rugged ocean landscapes. Thus, opting for a more natural color palette can help complement the background. 

Photo Locations for Big Sur Weddings

Regardless of where you host your wedding at Big Sur, you will have many breathtaking locations for photos nearby. The Bixby Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 provides a stunning backdrop. Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a majestic location, particularly near sunset. Rocky Point Restaurant provides a scenic overlook set aside rugged coastal cliffs. Finally, Garrapata Trail is a perfect backdrop filled with wildflowers during spring and summer. 

Don’t Forget the Marriage License

Weddings at Big Sur can’t be official without that piece of paper. In California, a marriage license can be obtained in any county for a ceremony held in the state. Thus, you can get married in a county outside of the one the license is obtained from. However, you must ensure that you return the license to the county that issued it with the signature of the officiant and at least one witness. 

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Big Sur Wedding Venues

Big Sur is popular for elopements and marrying on cliffs overlooking the ocean, but for those who want an actual venue that’s no problem either! Let’s take a look at some of our favorite venues for weddings at Big Sur.

Big Sur Lodge

47225 CA-1; Big Sur, CA 93920

This is the classic venue around the area. Big Sur Lodge is located in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park with indoor and outdoor seating. Most popular is the Redwood Patio, located next to a flowing stream. There is also an option for a picnic style rehearsal dinner in the state park. 

Loma Vista Gardens

47540 CA-1; Big Sur, CA 93920

Loma Vista was named for the its beautiful views, making this one of the most stunning Big Sur wedding venues. The location is backdropped by mountains and has elegantly manicured landscaping including cactus gardens. With packages for traditional and micro-weddings, Loma Vista Gardens can customize the perfect ceremony. This locale is a great choice for couples wanting a rustic feel for an outdoor ceremony. 

Point 16

Located about half an hour outside of downtown Big Sur, Point 16 is an area off of Highway 1 that is frequently used for weddings. There is perhaps no better view in the area as Point 16 overlooks the beauty of the Pacific Ocean from a lush hillside meadow. There is no bad time for a wedding here as any time of day will provide an excellent view. With many options for photos and a customized ceremony setup, Point 16 is sure to please. Weddings at this location can be arranged through A Big Sur Affair. 


48123 CA-1; Big Sur, CA 93920

Ventana is a resort that prides itself on emotional connection, the importance of room to explore, and evolving luxury. The blending of the ocean, forests, and mountains at the Big Sur wedding venue will leave you in awe. With over 12,000 feet of event space, there is a setting for a wedding of any size. Sur Visa is an outdoor overlook adorned with picnic tables and elegant landscaping. Redwood Cathedral provides a space to say “I do” in front of one of the towering trees. The Loft blends natural woods with elegant cloth décor in creating an intimate indoor setting. 

Post Ranch Inn

47900 CA-1; Big Sur, CA 93920

You haven’t seen Big Sur until you’ve seen a sunset from the Post Ranch Inn’s view of the Pacific Ocean. Couples will find a variety of packages from elopements to tiny weddings and larger ceremonies. Guestrooms at this venue blend hardwoods seamlessly with the surrounding environment, creating a feeling of being surrounded by nature even amidst luxurious accommodations. 

Wind and Sea

54722 CA-1; Bug Sur, CA 93920

Situated on six acres of private property on the coast, Wind and Sea is filled with pines, eucalyptus, succulents, and fruit trees. Unique features of the site include copper Jack and Jill soaking tubs, outdoor showers, a dry sauna, and beautiful landscaped walkways. Couples will be amazed by the 3,000 square foot modern home including a gourmet kitchen and three bedrooms which makes for luxury lodging for the bride and groom. You will be sure to be blown away at the contrast between the luxury indoors and quaint adornments outdoors.  

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